2019-Adult Transition Home Staff

Virginia REACH

We're Hiring for multiple positions in the Northern Region. 
Job Openings: 
Clinical Specialist
Behavioral Technician II
Behavioral Technician III

REACHREACH is designed to meet the crisis needs of individuals who have a developmental disability and are experiencing crisis events which put them at risk for homelessness, incarceration, hospitalization and/or danger to themselves or others. REACH offers an additional layer of support to emergency services, the state hospital system and caregivers who work most closely with individuals with a developmental disability (DD).

VA REACHREACH serves a target population of children and adults with co-occurring diagnoses of developmental disability and behavioral health needs. REACH services enhance local capacity and provide collaborative, cost-effective support to individuals and their families through exemplary clinical services, education, accessing and linking supports, mentoring and training. REACH programs work with other agencies and families. The staff is committed to finding ways to serve all individuals with DD who are at risk for a behavioral or mental health crisis.

The REACH programs offer crisis prevention and crisis response services. To increase the skills of those who support individuals with developmental disabilities, the program offers training on various topics in many locations throughout the state.

Easterseals UCP's VA REACH program operates two Crisis Therapeutic homes: one for youth (ages 2-17) and one for adults (over 18 years old). These short-term residential crisis stabilization programs are offered to Virginia residents an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. We serve individuals in crisis who are living with developmental disabilities and in many cases are also diagnosed with mental health disorders. Our comprehensive program focuses on solutions for each individual and their family.

Based on research, we know that when individuals interact with plants and flowers, it has restorative effects on the brain and its ability to change and adapt (neuroplasticity). Based on this, our Youth Crisis Therapeutic Home added a vegetable garden for guests to nurture and grow. Our staff members teach the basics of seed planting and how to nourish them to become mature plants. Guests often relate this knowledge to what they need to grow and be healthy. Additionally, guests are encouraged to harvest food from the garden and implement in meal preparation, during which we provide nutrition education. The garden is available to guests at anytime throughout their stay and they often utilize it in their free time as a form of relaxation and outdoor physical activity.

This garden space has proven to provide those in our care with a sense of hope, purpose, independence, and responsibility. It has also led to increased social interaction and relationship building. We look forward to adding more features and plants to our garden to create a tranquil environment in which our residents can connect with nature, themselves and each other.

REACH’s Philosophy:
Individuals with developmental disabilities shall be supported with services that allow the individual to live the most inclusive life possible in his/her community, which includes access to appropriate and effective crisis stabilization, intervention and prevention services, including mental health treatment services.

Easterseals UCP operates the REACH program located in the Northern Region of Virginia. Please click on the link below to learn more!

VA REACH            

Crisis and Referral Lines:
Northern Virginia 855-897-8278
Western Virginia 855-917-8278

For VA REACH Children's Services: 888-908-0486 (Region 1)

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